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Falling Leaves And Fireworks By Chrissie Manby

Falling Leaves And Fireworks‘Falling Leaves And Fireworks’ is a short story by Chrissie Manby.

The thirty-first of October usually marks the start of the party season in the Benson Edwards household but, having recently lost his beloved cat Fishy, little Jack, aged eight, isn’t ready to celebrate. When the rest of the Bensons and their neighbours decide to throw a Halloween fancy-dress bash in an attempt to cheer Jack up, however, not everything goes to plan as Mark and Ronnie play a ghostly prank which inadvertently sparks a local scandal. By the time Bonfire Night rolls around, will their neighbourhood relations be up in in smoke? And will Jack have rediscovered his sparkle?

This story story sees the return of the Benson Edwards family, the fun and warmhearted family from Chrissie’s successful ‘Proper Family’ series and this story is solely seen through the eyes of Ronnie, the older sister of the family. Her family is heartbroken when the family cat suddenly dies, particularly her youngest son Jack who is distraught that his feline friend has departed. Whilst Ronnie worries about her little boy, her eccentric neighbour Cathy is convinced that she can contact the spiritual world and one day Ronnie and her husband Mark decide to play a joke on their naive neighbour, with hilarious results.

I’ve been a fan of the ‘Proper Family’ series since the very beginning and love the characters, the story has just the right combination of humour with tenderness that makes the book perfect reading. The story is only 94 pages long, so it’s an ideal length to curl up with and is the perfect distraction from the cold and windy weather. Fun from the start, ‘Falling Leaves And Fireworks’ is an enchanting tale filled with fun moments, tender scenes and a ghostly cat that makes a lovely albeit short return to the heart-warming family.

You can buy Falling Leaves and Fireworks: a funny, feel-good autumnal enovella: (A Proper Family eNovella) from Amazon

Win A Copy Of A Fairy Tale For Christmas By Chrissie Manby

A Fairytale For ChristmasI’ve received a second copy of Chrissie Manby’s new book called ‘A Fairy Tale For Christmas’ and I would like to share the festive cheer and give the book away to one lucky person. I recently read and reviewed this book and it’s a lovely heartwarming story.

The story of ‘A Fairy Tale For Christmas’ is –

It’s the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together.But Kirsty soon learns that it’s not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there’s Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after… or reveal their love to be nothing but a ‘showmance’?

To be in with a chance of winning this book, simply answer the following question by leaving your answer in the comment box below.

What is the name of Newbay Theatre Society?

The winner will be revealed on Monday 14th November. Good luck.

Chrissie Manby Releases New Book – A Fairytale For Christmas

A Fairytale For ChristmasChrissie Manby is back with a new Christmas book this year called ‘A Fairytale For Christmas’.

The story of ‘A Fairytale For Christmas’ is –

What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true?

It’s the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together.

But Kirsty soon learns that it’s not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there’s Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after… or reveal their love to be nothing but a ‘showmance’?

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball.

‘A Fairytale For Christmas’ sounds like another heartwarming book from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

You can pre-order A Fairytale For Christmas Amazon from and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 3rd November 2016.

Mike Gayle Reveals New Book – The Hope Family Calendar

The Hope Family CalendarMike Gayle is back with a new book this Autumn called ‘The Hope Family Calendar’

The story of ‘The Hope Family Calendar’ is –

Tom Hope is broken. Ever since his wife Laura died he hasn’t been the same man, and definitely not the same father. Luckily for Tom his mother-in-law Linda is around to pick up the pieces and look after his two struggling daughters, Evie and Lola.

But Tom getting arrested on the first anniversary of his wife’s death is the last straw for Linda.
In a last bid attempt to make Tom reconnect with his daughters she takes drastic action and leaves for Australia. With two fast-maturing daughters Tom has to learn how to accept his responsibilities and navigate the newly discovered world of single fatherhood – starting immediately.

With only himself to rely on, will Tom fall back into grief or finally step up and be the father his girls need?

As a huge fan of Mike’s, I’m really looking forward to reading ‘The Hope Family Calendar’

You can pre-order The Hope Family Calendar from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 20th October 2016.

Chrissie Manby Talks About A Proper Family Adventure

Chrissie Manby PhotoToday, Handwritten Girl talks to Sunday Times bestselling author Chrissie Manby about her latest book, ‘A Proper Family Adventure’.

  1. Your new book ‘A Proper Family Adventure’ is the latest in the Benson family series, what are they up to this time?
    Well, at long last Granddad Bill has won the bloomin’ lottery! It’s not a big win but it’s enough to treat the whole family. And what better treat than another family holiday? This time they’re off on a Mediterranean cruise.

  2. What’s your ideal adventure?
    A Mediterranean cruise! I had never been on a cruise before I started writing this book. I was hugely fortunate to be offered a place on a press trip covering the inaugural Caribbean voyage of Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess. It was amazing. I was totally blown away by the scale and the opulence of the ship and by every aspect of the on-board experience. Imagine a five star hotel crossed with a west end theatre and a luxury spa.

    All my preconceptions about cruise holidays were proved wrong. There is something for everyone on-board the Regal Princess. Whether your idea of fun is clubbing all night long or curling up with a book, you’ll find your spot. And the food is fabulous. One fellow passenger told me he packs a pair of ‘fat day trousers’ for the end of any cruise trip.

    A Proper Family Adventure

  3. Who is your favourite member of the Benson family?
    I couldn’t possibly say! They’re all dear to me in some way. I do have a particular soft spot for Jack, who is a cross between both my charming nephews.

  4. What’s been your favourite book so far of 2015?
    I’ve loved the latest books from Fiona Walker, Lucy Dillon and Alexandra Potter. You can’t go wrong with anything by those ladies. For something a little different, however, I recommend ‘Gut’ by Julia Enders. It’s all about your digestive system. Very funny and informative. You’ll never think about poo in the same way again.

  5. And finally do you have any exciting projects or adventures coming up on the horizon?
    I do! November sees the release of ‘A Wedding at Christmas’, which is the last in the Benson family series. I’m just wondering which ones to kill off (evil laugh).

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You can buy A Proper Family Adventure from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.